Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $80,000




1828 L Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is seeking a full-time experienced Program Manager. The Program Manager is responsible for the implementation of NELA's continuing legal education programming and facilitates the work of NELA's substantive law committees, practice groups, and task forces, consistent with its Strategic Plan, organizational priorities, and organizational goals. The Program Manager recruits, hires, and supervises The NELA Institute's Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellow.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in NELA's Oakland or Washington DC office. The Program Manager reports to and is under the general supervision of the Executive Director.


NELA is a nonprofit professional association of lawyers who represent employees in employment matters. NELA seeks to eradicate inequality and injustice in the workplace by advocating for employee rights and assisting the lawyers who represent them. Founded in 1985, NELA advances and encourages the professional development of its members through networking, educational programs, publications, and technical support. NELA promotes the workplace rights of individual employees through legislation, public policy, and other activities. For more information about NELA and our related charitable and educational arm, The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The NELA Institute), visit and


• Lead the planning and development of substantive programs and faculty for NELA's continuing legal education (CLE) events, including the Annual Convention, in-person seminars, and webinars. Prepare budget forecasts for overall CLE performance and for individual programs.

• Coordinate, monitor, and evaluate NELA's and The NELA Institute's Amicus Programs, including working with the Amicus Advisory Council, volunteer brief writers, counsel in the related cases, and coalition partners to produce high quality briefs. 

• Direct, manage, and coordinate the work of various substantive law Advisory Groups, Committees, Task Forces, and Practice Groups, and represent or coordinate a representative for NELA and/or The NELA Institute at public hearings and events relating to programmatic activities.

• Support NELA and The NELA Institute's fundraising initiatives, including participating in donor cultivation and solicitation activities; serving as an ambassador for NELA and The NELA Institute among NELA members, coalition partners, and others; and providing programmatic guidance, including proposal development, to the grant writing process for The NELA Institute.

• Coordinate the recruiting, hiring, and supervision of the Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellow for the Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law & Policy.

• Other activities as assigned by the Executive Director.


• Active bar membership in the United States.

• Minimum of three years of experience in program management and/or development.

• Exceptional volunteer management and coordination skills, including the ability to motivate and communicate with people at all levels of the organization.

• Ability to work and communicate effectively and collegially with co-workers.

• Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, handle multiple tasks, prioritize projects, meet deadlines, engage in problem-solving, and produce a high quality work product.

• Sound judgment and discretion, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.

• Ability to maintain composure and complete tasks in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Flexibility and willingness to take the initiative on a variety of projects.

• Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook required. 

• Demonstrated commitment to and experience in employee rights advocacy preferred.

• Experience with membership and/or nonprofit organizations a plus.

The National Employment Lawyers Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of NELA and The NELA Institute and essential to the achievement of our mission. Diversity, equity, and inclusion create meaningful representation and involvement of persons with varied backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities, each with the opportunity to make robust contributions to the organization without discriminatory barriers. To express these values, NELA and The NELA Institute promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizational structures and policies, leadership, membership, programs and services, employment practices, and relationships and coalition partners and donors.


Vacation; Medical Leave; Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance; Pension

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter detailing their interest in the position to: 

Nareeya Nalivka

Director of Finance & Human Resources

National Employment Lawyers Association

2201 Broadway, Suite 310, Oakland, CA 94612


Fax: (866) 593-7521 

Electronic applications encouraged. No telephone calls please. No recruiters.